Like any endeavor worth pursuing in life, it takes careful preparation to become an optometrist.
Students are at the heart of our mission.
Get involved in our thriving alumni community.
SCO is one of the nation's leading optometry schools.
Take time to recognize these significant achievements.
Enter a search request and press enter. Press Esc or the X to close.
The end of 2010 allows us the opportunity to look back at some of the significant SCO headlines from throughout the year. Highlights included:
Receiving honorary degrees are Robert A. Williams, Executive Director for the Optometric Extension Program Foundation and Sue Gardner, Executive Director for the North Carolina State Optometric Society.
(For a weekly – and sometimes daily – look at 2010 in review, be sure to visit SCO’s Facebook page with many more updates. You don’t have to be a Facebook member to see SCO’s posts, arranged in reverse chronological order.)
Please note: SCO will be closed for the holidays from December 18-January 2. The entire SCO community wishes you health and happiness in the New Year.
Even Santa Claus appreciates his optometrist, as a recent visit to The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry proved. Kris Kringle himself visited for an eye examination performed by Dr. Chris Lievens, Chief of Staff.
Jolly old Saint Nicholas graciously gave his consent to recording the exam:
Click here to visit our Flickr gallery to view photos from Santa's visit. Santa promised to return to The Eye Center at SCO this time next year.
The holiday season reminds us all of the importance of goodwill and kindness to each other. Over the past year, Southern College of Optometry and The Eye Center at SCO have endeavored to make service to others an important part of SCO's mission.
We hope you enjoy this holiday video. You'll see students, faculty, staff, alumni and others fostering a commitment to serving others. To all our alumni, students, donors and friends, your support of SCO is greatly appreciated at this holiday season.
Happy Holidays from everyone at SCO!
Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Heard, SCO Associate Professor, on her engagement to Mr. Walter Clark! Their wedding has been set for April 30, 2011 in Memphis.
James E. Venable, OD '89, SCO's Executive Director of Clinical Programs, has been named Vice President for Clinical Programs effective January 2011. Dr. Venable, who has led The Eye Center since his appointment in July 2009, also serves as an SCO Assistant Professor. He joined the college in 2004.
On a related note, Patricia Estes Walker, OD, has been officially named Director of Adult Primary Care, while Dan Smith, OD '94, has been officially named Chief of Pediatric Primary Care, both also effective in January 2011.